Prior to the deregulation of the Electrical Industry, most Registered Electrical Inspectors were employed by the Power Boards. Regional Inspectors groups within the Power Boards operated under this regime. After deregulation many Power Boards (Energy Companies) decided they no longer wished to provide an inspection service. They no longer had a statutory requirement to do so.
TRAINING DATES – 2016 Update of Electricity Act, Regulations and Standards
- Auckland 20 TH SEPTEMBER 2016
Therefore many Inspectors found themselves seeking employment elsewhere and/or becoming self-employed. Furthermore, registration was opened up to a wider range of Electrical Personnel. Perhaps the deregulated environment lead the Energy Companies and other leading Electrical Industry organisations to believe the need for inspections would diminish. In fact the reverse has occurred in so far as there is just as great, if not more, need, albeit in a slightly different format, for Electrical Inspection services. The Association is aware that by far the majority of Inspectors they know about are very, very busy at present.
We are currently in our fourteenth year of operation and are pleased to have made considerable strides such that we are now recognised as a Bone Fide Industry Organisation that can contribute significantly to assist with safety and compliance in our industry.
The Electrical Safety New Zealand Independent-Compliance Service (ESNZICS)
For the past eight years the ESNZ Board have worked towards establishing an Independent Compliance Service for the Electrical Industry.
This service will be provided by individual members of the organisation who must:
Meet the ESNZ technical standards of competence and the Code of Ethics. Members must own or have access to current Electricity Act, Electricity Regulations, relevant Codes and Standards, and a full compliment of suitable test instruments for the work they will be undertaking.
The Independent Compliance Service has come about because there is a serious lack of a “One-Stop Shop” facility for Compliance Issues.
Since 1993 our electrical industry has lost the “safety network” that was formerly provided by the Electrical Supply Authorities’ Inspectors
The ESNZ provides a facility on the website for questions and answers for the benefit of all as well as an option to phone 0800423784 and get answers to questions. Detailed procedures involving documentation and voice recording will be required to record all questions and answers if phoning. These results will be published on the website. We see the proposed Independent Compliance Service providing benefits to not only our industry practitioners, but to the general public as well. This service will also benefit network companies, energy retailers and consulting engineers, as our duty engineers will provide the correct answers through consultation with ES where necessary.
ELECTRICAL SAFETY NEW ZEALAND
2017 Conference and Annual General Meeting
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